Mr. Can EKEN 易知恩先生

Research Student

Working toward a PhD in Laws, expected 2022

Mr. Can Eken is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK LAW). A member of the İstanbul Bar Association, he holds two LLM degrees, one from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and another from Dokuz Eylül University, where he also finished his bachelor’s degree in law. He is a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group. He practised law and worked as a Research Assistant in Turkey before commencing his PhD studies at CUHK. As of 2019/20, he is completing his research at Stanford Law School as a Visiting Student Researcher.


Third Party Funding Reality in International Arbitration – All Procedural Challenges and Issues, co-supervised by Professors Bryan H. DRUZIN and Fernando DIAS SIMÕES.

  • International Arbitration
  • Third-Party Funding
  • Alternative Dispute Settlement Methods
  • Investment Law Regime
  • Transnational Law

His research examines third-party funding in international arbitration and potential conflicts it creates over the arbitration proceeding. The thesis provides a comprehensive review of the literature and case law both in investment and commercial arbitration related to third-party funding. The goal of this thesis is to give answers to all procedural problems created by emerging funding regime in international arbitration and provide a suitable model for its users.

  • Eken, Can and Chaisse, Julien. “The Monetization of Investment Claims Promises and Pitfalls of Third-Party Funding” (Under Review)
  • Eken, Can. “Analysis of Third-Party Funding Regulations in Hong Kong and Singapore and Their Pioneer Roles as an Example” (In Progress)
  • Eken, Can. Book Review, Reviewed Book: “Editor: Julien Chaisse, China’s International Investment Strategy: Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy, Oxford University Press” (Accepted to be published in Istanbul Public and Private International Law Bulletin, December, 2019)
  • Eken, Can. Translation from English to Turkish: “Jan Kleinheisterkamp, ‘Chapter 27: Critically Thinking: International Arbitration in Context’,” Istanbul Bar Association Journal, Volume 92, Issue 5, 2018, pp. 263-272.
  • Eken, Can. “Applicable Law to Merits in International Arbitration and its Relation with Mandatory Rules and Public Policy”, Young Arbitration Review, Edition 28, January 2018, pp. 52-65.
  • Eken, Can. Translation from English to Turkish: “Applicable United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea (Hamburg Rules)”, Istanbul Bar Association Journal, Volume 88, Issue 2014/1, pp. 314-340.
  • A Detailed Comparison of Third-Party Funding Regulations in Hong Kong and Singapore, The 16th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Annual Conference, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 11-12 June 2019.
  • What future for International Arbitration Claims Financing? Exploring Third-Party Funding Regulation, 8th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL). King’s College London, 30-31 May 2019.
  • Third-Party Funding and its Implications on China’s Belt & Road Initiative, 2019 CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop, Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney, 1-2 May 2019.
  • Concerns over the Costs and Transparency in Investment Law Regime, and the Role of Third-Party Funding and UNCITRAL, UNCITRAL-UM Joint Conference, Macau, December 2018.
  • Comparison of Legal Education in the UK and Turkey, Legal Conversations with Law Students, Dokuz Eylül University in İzmir, Turkey in March 2018.


  • Visiting Student Researcher, Stanford Law School, US, 2019/20.
  • Master’s Degree in Private Law, Dokuz Eylül University, Tukey, 2018.
  • Master of Laws, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, 2017.
  • Bachelor of Laws, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey, 2013.


    • Rapporteur, Oxford International Organizations, 2019.
    • Finalist of the CIBEL Global Network PhD Scholar Prize, UNSW Faculty of Law, 2019.
    • Arbitrator, 3rd AIAC-ICC Pre-moot, 16th Vis East Moot, 2019.
    • Institute of European Studies Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law (PRAIA) Academy Programme Scholarship in Macau, 2018.
    • Attorney-at-Law in Turkey since 2014.
    • Union of Turkish Bar Associations Moot Court Competition for Legal Interns.
    • Gold Medal in the Regional Tournament & Bronze Medal in the National Tournament, 2014.